045: First, Second and Third Time’s a Charm

Today on The First 40 Miles, what are those last minute things you need right before a trip? Believe or not, there are five pre-trip incidentals that will help with pre-trip prep! Next, on the SUMMIT Gear Review, we review a tent that we purchased not, once, not twice, but three times. The Backpack Hack of the Week is a simple way to mark maps without leaving a mess. And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from a man with a van.

Show Notes: Episode 045


  • Anniversary of my first 40 Miles
  • Purpose of the meeting
  • Firm up schedule
  • Go over route
  • Talk about risks:
    • Risk of nearby forest fire
    • Do we reschedule the trip?
    • Comfort level with risks

The Top 5 Pre-Trip Incidentals

Sharpie permanent marker

  • Write on gear, plastic bags, food

Quart Ziploc Bags

  • Great for separating out food
  • Can be reused


  • Ones and fives–not twenties
  • Coins in the car may help for showers or vending machines off the trail


  • Trail Reports
  • Weather reports
  • For our upcoming trip, we’ve also been checking fire reports

Baking Soda

  • Can help with stinky gear

SUMMIT Gear Review™: REI Passage 2 Tent


  • Floor fabric: Coated nylon taffeta
  • Rainfly fabric: Coated polyester taffeta
  • Mesh
  • Double walled tent, which helps reduce condensation
  • Aluminum poles (if you haven’t purchased a new tent recently…poles go toether smoother when they’re new!)
  • Adjustable ceiling vents


  • Rectangular floor
  • Mesh pockets; hang loops; included gear loft
  • Fast Pitch: Save weight and create a minimalist shelter by using just the rainfly, footprint (sold separately), poles and stakes
  • Dual entry tent (benefits of having two doors)
  • Vestibules
  • Has a handy pocket in all 4 corners for small gear like glasses
  • Over head removeable gear loft (for throwing a headlamp into)
  • Gear loops inside tent
  • Sets up quickly


  • 5 lb. 5 oz.
  • Josh and Heather split it up…so 2lbs 10 oz each
  • Packed size 5 x 22 inches
  • Floor dimensions 90 x 54 inches
  • Floor area 75 square feet
  • Vestibule area 75 square feet


  • Sprayed it with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® to help it last longer
  • Keep dirty shoes out
  • “Tent over your head” trick for cleaning it out
  • Put it up to dry out when you return home


  • $150


  • Bought one for our Mt Hood trip last year
  • Then took the family out…while on that trip, the kids tent broke…
  • We liked our tent so much that we bought two more.

Backpack Hack of the Week™: Washi Tape for Map Marking

  • Washi Tape for map marking (mentioned this in episode 8)
  • Write on it with permanent marker or pencil.
  • Take notes, mark trails, plan route
  • It’s 100% removable, repositionable

September 26
National Public Lands Day

Trail Wisdom

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”

― Vincent van Gogh